Dance with My Father
|Dance with My Father|
|Studio album by Luther Vandross|
|Released||June 10, 2003|
(Suffern, New York)
(Santa Monica, California)
(Closter, New Jersey)
Right Track Recording
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
Skip Trip-Algoryhthm Studios
(Belle Mead, New Jersey)
|Producer||Luther Vandross (also executive), Marcus Miller, Nat Adderley, Jr., Shep Crawford|
|Luther Vandross chronology|
|Los Angeles Times|||
Dance with My Father is the thirteenth and final studio album by American R&B-soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross. It was released in the United States on June 10, 2003 by J Records, The album, especially its title track, was dedicated to Vandross' late father.
The album earned Vandross two American Music Awards in 2003—Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album—and four Grammy Awards in 2004—Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Dance with My Father" (also nominated for Best R&B Song), Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" (with Beyoncé), and Best R&B Album.
Chart performance and sales
Dance with My Father debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving some 442,000 units in its opening week alone, and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart after debuting at #42 the previous week.
This was Vandross' only album to top the U.S. albums chart and his eighth album to reach #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. The album stands as his first #1 R&B album in twelve years since the release of Power of Love. Dance With My Father is the biggest selling studio album of Luther's entire career with over 2.9 million sales in the United States alone. The title track single was a hit on Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary radio. It received the 2004 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, which Luther shared with his father.
|1.||"If I Didn't Know Better"||Ezekiel Lewis, Vandross, Vertelney||4:07|
|2.||"Think About You"||James Porte, Vandross||5:04|
|3.||"If It Ain't One Thing (featuring Foxy Brown)"||Robbie Nevil, Vandross, Vertelney||4:13|
|4.||"Buy Me a Rose" (originally recorded by Kenny Rogers)||Jim Funk, Erick Hickenlooper||3:48|
|5.||"The Closer I Get to You (duet with Beyoncé)" (originally recorded by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway)||Reggie Lucas, James Mtume||6:25|
|6.||"Lovely Day (featuring Busta Rhymes)" (originally recorded by Bill Withers)||Ronald LaPread, Lionel Richie, Bill Withers, Clarence Scarborough||5:57|
|7.||"Dance with My Father"||Vandross, Richard Marx||4:26|
|8.||"She Saw You"||Marcus Miller, Vandross||5:44|
|9.||"Apologize"||Rex Rideout, Vandross||4:59|
|10.||"Hit It Again (featuring Queen Latifah)"||Rideout, Vandross||4:37|
|11.||"Right in the Middle"||Vandross, Vertelney||4:50|
|12.||"Once Were Lovers"||Rideout, Fonzi Thornton, Vandross||4:34|
|13.||"Lovely Day (Part II) (featuring Busta Rhymes & Next)"||LaPread, Richie, Withers, Scarborough||3:54|
|14.||"They Said You Needed Me"||Ivan Hampden, Jr., Vandross||4:40|
- Executive Producer: Luther Vandross
- Producers: Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr., Shep Crawford, Marcus Miller
- Re-mix Producers: Eddie F., Kay Gee, Darren Lighty
- Engineers: Ray Bardani, Paul J. Falcone (Vocals), Marcus Miller, Gabriel Varde, Stan Wallace, "You Can Ask" Giz
- Assistant Engineers: Carl Cyrius, Jason Dale, Michael McCoy, Daniel Milazzo, Claudius Mittendorfer, Flip Osman, Dave Perini, Matt Snedecor, Jason Stasium
- Tracking: Gabriel Varde
- Mixing: Ray Bardani, "You Can Ask" Giz
- Mastering: Herb Powers
- Drums: Ivan Hampden
- Percussion: Bashiri Johnson, Skip Anderson
- Drum & Keyboard Programming: Ivan Hampden, Richard Marx, Marcus Miller, Rex Rideout, James Porte, Reed Vertelney
- Bass: Reggie Hamilton, Byron Miller, Jerome Ramos
- Guitars: Phil Hamilton, Paul Jackson Jr., Brion James, Robbie Nevil, Victor Vega, Rick Watford, Jay Williams
- Keyboards: Nat Adderley, Jr., Skip Anderson, Chris James, Robbie Nevil
- Harmonica: Stevie Wonder
- Backing Vocals: Tawatha Agee, Sharon Bryant, Cissy Houston, Michael J., Joyce James, Rick McDonald, Marcus Miller, Cindy Mizelle, RL, Candace Thomas, Fonzi Thornton, Brenda White-King, James "D-Train" Williams
- Additional Instrumentation by Shep Crawford
- Arranged by Luther Vandross, Reed Vertelney, Rex Rideout, James Porte, Marcus Miller, Ivan Hampden, Skip Anderson & Nat Adderley Jr.
- String Arrangements by Nat Adderley, Jr.
- Strings Contracted by Al Brown
- Concertmaster: Sanford Allen
- Sound Design: Jeff Bova
|UK Albums Chart||41|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums||1|
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